Upon graduation, a student will be able to:

Major-Specific Areas of Knowledge

Close read. Demonstrate understanding of the relationship between form and content in literary texts. Demonstrate familiarity with approaches to literary studies, and with literary allusions. Investigate the relationship between a text and the culture in which it was written.

Accessing Academic Community/Resources

Read and explore literary texts independently.


Demonstrate sensitivity to aesthetic issues in terms of style, and write clearly, persuasively, and with some degree of elegance. Be strong, clear, persuasive, and nuanced in writing and thinking. Speak and write intelligently about what texts do (their various aesthetic and non-aesthetic functions). Speak about literary texts with confidence and elegance.

Research Experience

Be capable of writing an extended literary analysis paper supported by primary and secondary research. Honors thesis students: Identify literary questions, pose a particular hypothesis about how the question might be answered, and then research the question through the analysis of primary sources and synthesis of secondary sources.